Because life was very poor for Bernadita before she joined ASHI and her husband is only a small-time hired laborer, she wasn’t able to support the education of her five older children. All of them have only reached high school thus they are not able to be employed where they would receive a regular higher salary. Despite this, Bernadita still feels happy because her two sons are able to have their own livelihood as a security guard and a hired driver. Nevertheless, she still wants her three younger children to be able to graduate from college and have their own careers in future which is much better that what she and her husband have.
Ahon Sa Hirap, Inc. has the distinction of being the oldest existing replication of Grameen methodology for delivering credit to the poor in the Philippines. With more than a third of the nation’s 90 million Filipinos living below the poverty line, ASHI was established with the vision of helping to alleviate poverty in the Philippines. Translated from Tagalog, Ahon Sa Hirap means “to rise above poverty.”
Empowering women dedicated to supporting their families through hard work and dedication, ASHI lends 100% to women and specifically the bottom 50%, so the “poorest of the poor.” In addition to general business loans, ASHI also offers educational loans, house repair loans, savings funds, and social development programs for its members. ASHI is committed to translating its social mission into practice.
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